Tornado Falls Short Of Playoffs With Loss To Forks

By: Meagan Schulz

B-G splits last two games of season

CHENANGO FORKS – With their post-season hopes hanging on Saturday afternoon’s match-up against the Chenango Forks Blue Devils, Norwich needed to come away with the win. After falling behind 4-1 at the end of the second inning, the Purple Tornado battled but couldn’t come away with the offensive production they needed to overcome the Blue Devils, losing 6-4.

Norwich led 1-0 midway through the second but Forks scored four runs in the frame – one scoring on an error – to take the lead for good.

The Tornado added a run in the third to cut the margin down to two runs but back came the Blue Devils during their trip to the plate, answering with yet another run. Forks tacked on a run in the fourth, scoring their final of the six runs as Norwich’s defense came together behind pitcher Jordan Jacquette.

Jacquette did the work in the bottom of the fifth, striking out two Blue Devils. In the sixth, he got all outs by forcing the Forks’ batters to fly out to the outfield. He finished the game with a total of six strikeouts. He surrendered six hits in the loss.

Norwich came away with five hits as Marcus Cashman led the Tornado with two. Tanner Franklin scored two runs for the visiting team and picked up hit in the fifth inning.

JT Vinal and Justin Bates each had a hit in the contest while teammate Kegan Wright added a hit and the lone RBI for Norwich.

“We had some running mistakes and left to many on base offensively,” Rich Turnbull, Norwich head coach. “And once again, our [five] errors plagued our defense. It’s hard to win when you commit five errors.”

The Tornado end their 2019 season 5-9, a year in which they started 0-6 but turned it around with four straight wins.

“Nothing seemed to go our way all year, and yesterday was no different,” said Turnbull. “Disappointed that we didn’t qualify for sectionals but proud of the players they way they fought through adversity all year. They could have packed it in when some calls and weather situations didn’t go our way but they fought to the end.”

Chenango Forks 6, Norwich 4

Norwich 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 – 4 5 5

Forks 0 4 1 1 0 0 x – 6 6 2

Jordan Jacquette (L) and Justin Bates. B. Haskell (W), E. Cetton (5) and C. Brewster.

Windsor 9, Bainbridge-Guilford 1

WINDSOR – Bainbridge-Guilford was unable to come away with a run until the final inning of the game against the Windsor Black Knights Friday afternoon, falling 9-1 on the road for their final game of the season.

The Bobcats came away with three hits in the ball game and had base runners due to walks drawn by the good eyes of the B-G’s hitters. However, the visiting team was unable to get the timely base knocks needed, leaving runners stranded.

Windsor scored two in the first inning and continued to extend their lead each trip to the plate as they added at least one run a frame. The Black Knights scored three in the second for their largest offensive production inning of the contest.

Scoring their only run of the game in the top of the seventh, B-G’s Owen Drown came across home plate on Devon Scherhaufer’s RBI single to centerfield. Scherhaufer faced two outs, send the second pitch of the at-bat in the air to the outfield.

Drown got on base with a hard grounder to the first baseman. The Black Knights’ fielder was unable to come away with the play cleanly, allowing Drown to reach on an error.

His teammate Nick Williams drew a walk in the next at-bat to put to on the base paths for Trevor Ross. On the second pitch of his plate appearance, Ross hit a ground ball back to the pitcher. Windsor’s ace tossed the ball to first to get Ross out but Drown and Williams each advanced on the play.

Scherhaufer led the Bobcats at the dish, going 2-for-4 with the one RBI. Evan Hyzer recorded the only other hit for B-G to lead off the second inning.

Hyzer got the start on the mound for Bainbridge-Guilford, surrendering eight runs on ten hits over four innings, striking out six and walking zero. Tom Palmatier closed out the game for B-G, tossing two innings of relief.

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